Definition of variety noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vəˈraɪəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈraɪəti//
    (pl. varieties) Types of play, TV shows
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  1. 1  [singular] variety (of something) several different sorts of the same thing There is a wide variety of patterns to choose from. He resigned for a variety of reasons. This tool can be used in a variety of ways. I was impressed by the variety of dishes on offer. A plural verb is needed after a/an (large, wide, etc.) variety of…A variety of reasons were given.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the quality of not being the same or not doing the same thing all the time synonym diversity We all need variety in our diet. We want more variety in our work.
  3. 3  [countable] variety (of something) a type of a thing, for example a plant or language, that is different from the others in the same general group Apples come in a great many varieties. a rare variety of orchid different varieties of English My cooking is of the ‘quick and simple’ variety.
  4. 4(North American English also vaudeville) [uncountable] a form of theatre or television entertainment that consists of a series of short performances, such as singing, dancing and funny acts a variety show/theatre See related entries: Types of play, TV shows
  5. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French variété or Latin varietas, from varius ‘changing, diverse’.Word Familyvary verbvaried adjectivevariable adjectivevariation nounvarious adjectivevariety nounExtra examples Menus offer a good variety of seafood. Old varieties of rose can be less resistant to diseases. The market sold a bewildering variety of cheeses. There are hundreds of different varieties of apple. There is wide variety in shape and colour. a country of great variety breeders who develop new varieties cultivated varieties such as the damask rose high-yielding varieties of rice the rich variety of the local bird life The variety of English that they speak is closer to American than British. They stock over 200 varieties of cheese. This is a very rare variety of orchid.Idioms
    variety is the spice of life
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    (saying) new and exciting experiences make life more interesting